A general intensive Italian course is the very core of an Italian study stay in Sicily with Scuola Virgilio. A full class consists of 15 hours per week (1 hour = 60 minutes), with 3-hour classes every morning from Monday to Friday, from 9.30 am to 1.00 pm (please see registration form for details) including a 30-minute coffee break.
All teachers are native Italian speakers, graduated in foreign languages and with specific training in teaching Italian as a non-native language. In each lesson, different aspects of the Italian language and culture are studied in a friendly and informal atmosphere. The first part of the lesson focuses on grammar aspects with written and oral exercises, while the second part is dedicated to conversation, role-playing games, songs and other activities. The courses are divided into different levels, according to the EU CEFR for language learning. All the study material is provided by the school.
Each group is composed by maximum 9 people. At Scuola Virgilio students come from all over the world. Their age ranges from 16 to 70 years old and beyond: teenagers, university students, adults and seniors. It is possible to set up age-specific classes such as courses for age 50+ students.
You can attend Italian intensive courses at Scuola Virgilio for one or more weeks. The recommended duration is at least two weeks, to get the best results and to have enough time to visit Trapani and Sicily. Click here to see dates and prices for the intensive group courses.
To complete the intensive Italian course and to enrich their Italian study stay in Sicily, Scuola Virgilio offers to its students a program, with free activities and paid activities such as cooking lessons. Moreover Scuola Virgilio always provides students with updated information about activities, events and shows in Trapani and surroundings, like open-air opera and cinema, town festivals, gastronomic events, water sports and so on.
For those who attend the intensive general Italian course and wish to further improve their language skills, extra tuition (individual or in a group) is available in the afternoon: Italian conversation courses, lessons of (job-specific) Italian for business and also specific training for Italian teachers.
Apart from the intensive Italian course it is possible to obtain the CELI official certification at Scuola Virgilio, being an exam centre authorised by the University of Perugia. In this case, it is recommended to attend some CELI exam preparation lessons in the run up to the exam.